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Title:Township tourism and the political spaces of Katutura
Authors:Connoy, Laura
Ilcan, SuzanISNI
Periodical:Journal of Namibian Studies (ISSN 1863-5954)
Geographic term:Namibia
Abstract:Contemporary postcolonial Namibia is experiencing an extension of the logic of camp biopolitics that stems from its colonial era. In this paper, the authors suggest that tourism is the conduit for this kind of development which takes on different contemporary forms in postcolonial configurations of biopolitics. In Namibia's township of Katutura, the marginalized poor are subject to mechanisms of camp biopolitics that supplement G. Agamben's (2000) conceptualization of bare life. However, G. Agamben's approach to biopolitics ahistorizes and depoliticizes space in ways that obfuscate the presence of a political subject. The article first introduces a framework of colonialism, camp biopolitics, and tourism, particularly in Katutura. The next section reveals Katutura as a political space made up of active subjects who engage in various contestations. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]